– Former President Goodluck Jonathan has advised the members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to choose the new party national chairman carefully or else the party is finished
– He also advised the chairmanship aspirants to treat the exercise as a family affair
Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (GEJ), who is a former president has advised members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) not to make the mistake of making a wrong choice of National Working Committee members at the December convention.
Former president Jonathan gave the advice when he received Chief Raymond Dokpesi who is an aspirant for the party’s national chairmanship position, at his residence in Abuja on Tuesday.
He warned that the political party could not afford to make a mistake in choosing its next national chairman and publicity secretary, while also describing them as “very delicate positions.”
“If we make a mistake as a party and elect a wrong chairman and publicity secretary, we are finished.”
He then added, “we need a very competent person and a team player, somebody who will not negotiate to get money from the aspirants to make them candidates.”
“If you do that, you have destroyed the party because a party must come up with programmes and policies that will elect the best of the best.”
“If you present the best material, the chances of your wining election are stronger than when you present a wrong material.” “We need such kind of chairman that will galvanise the national committee and also link up with state committees and do the best for the party.”
“This is key so that by 2019 when we go for the general elections, the PDP will have majority in the states’ Houses and National Assembly and of course, the PDP must win the Presidency. “
Jonathan, who predicted that the December convention would be keenly contested, and then urged the chairmanship aspirants to see the exercise as a family affair.
According to GEJ, the PDP must migrate from the ruling party to opposition for the purpose of stabilising the country’s democracy.
“I am not saying that as an opposition party you must be saying anything you like, no. The PDP is a very mature party,” he added.